Smoke plume seen after Houthi attack on Saudi oil facility ahead of Formula 1 race weekend

There have been no casualties so far in the attack, the official told CNN.

The Houthis said they used a “large number” of drones to target the facility. The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said one ballistic missile and 10 bomb-laden drones launched by the Iran-backed group from the southern border were intercepted, according to Saudi state-run TV channel al-Ekhbariya. The statement did not mention an attack on Jeddah.

The explosion occurred about 20 miles (32 kilometers) from the race track in Jeddah where this weekend, the second running of the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix is scheduled to take place.

The Saudi Grand Prix is the second round of this year’s Formula 1 World Championship, and tourists from all over the world are expected to attend.

The coalition that’s been fighting the Houthis for the last seven years said the ballistic missile was launched towards Jazan city in the southwest.

“A hostile projectile fell on an electricity distribution station in Samtah (town). Due to the projectile a limited fire in the electricity distribution station occurred, and there were no casualties,” state media cited the Saudi-led military coalition as saying.

A Houthi spokesman, Yahya Al Saree, said in a tweet that a statement will be issued in the coming hours regarding a wide operation “deep” in Saudi Arabia.

Over the past week multiple attacks have been launched against Saudi Arabia’s oil giant Aramco.

The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the attack threatened the security of oil supplies, which have been under pressure globally as the West tries to move away from Russian hydrocarbons following the invasion of Ukraine.

Earlier this week the United States mission to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia condemned the Houthis’ attacks. “These unacceptable attacks endanger civilians and civilian infrastructure and must stop,” it said.

Source link

Latest

Labour conference: Starmer to quote Tony Blair in pitch for power

Sir Keir Starmer will tell Labour's conference he has...

Pfzier and Moderna seek authorization of omicron booster for kids ages 5-11

Pfzier-BioNTech and Moderna are asking the Food and Drug...

Crews recovering wreckage from floatplane crash

Crews are lifting the wreckage of a float plane...

Photos Show Widespread Protests In Iran Over Kurdish Woman’s Death

The world is watching as Iran erupts into protests over the death of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman who was detained for days by the...

Cuba Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage, Adoption In Historic Referendum

HAVANA (AP) — Cubans have approved a sweeping “family law” code that would allow same-sex couples to marry and adopt as well as redefining...

Palace Releases Photo Of Queen Elizabeth’s Final Resting Place

LONDON (AP) — Buckingham Palace released a photo Saturday giving the first public glimpse of the new ledger stone installed at the final resting...